Marana Police Department

11555 W Civic Center Dr
Marana, Arizona 85653
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Press Release

Officer Involved Shooting / Bank Robbery Suspect

Sent on 7/29/2016 2:32:24 PM

On July 28th, 2016 at approximately 1:40 p.m. Marana Police Detectives were conducting follow-up on an Armed Robbery that occurred on July 27th at Bank of America located on Cortaro Road and Arizona Pavillions. Detectives were trying to locate the suspect, Mr. Jesus Rael, 31-years of age. Surveillance photographs from inside the bank helped identify Rael. An alert citizen also provided Detectives a license plate number for the vehicle driven by Rael at the time of the robbery. Detectives located a vehicle matching Rael's vehicle in the area of Mission Rd. and Calle del Rey. The vehicle, which was the same one used in the armed robbery, rammed into one of the Detective vehicles and fled the scene. A marked Marana Police Officer initiated a pursuit with the suspect who eventually crashed on Interstate 19 at Ajo Road. An exchange of gunfire occurred between the suspect, who was armed with a shotgun, and two Marana Police Officers. As the officers were taking cover, the suspect was able to take control of the Marana patrol vehicle and fled southbound on Interstate 19. The suspect then carjacked another vehicle belonging to an innocent bystander at 1400 W. Valencia Road. As the suspect fled that scene, he ran over the owner of the vehicle, who was later transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Tucson Police Department was provided a description of the second car-jacked vehicle, which was quickly located by them, which eventually led to their Officer Involved Shooting incident. No Marana Police Officers sustained any injuries. With the assistance from the Tucson Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and the Department of Public Safety this incident is a good example of inter-agency cooperation and working together to keep the public safe.


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